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I am 44 and have been smoking 20 cigs a day since I was 16 and have only ever tried to give them up once for 10 weeks, I have thought about it many times but I have decided to give them up next Wednesday 14th January.  Imm on day 4 of champix and so far not too bad.  I tend to suffer awful headaches when I take my tablet in the morning and it will last to roughly lunch time.  This will be my first day of taking it in the evening, any recommendations of a time?  I appear to have come out with a cold sore on my lip too and was wondering could that be a side effect too or just coincidence.  Im still smoking but have cut out a couple of my usual daily ones which is a start for me!!!

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    Hi Jilly, i stopped with Champix 6 months ago after 30 years smoking. Felt nothing in the first week, then towards the end of second week, was forgetting about smoking or only smoking half a cig. Stopped the the day before my official stop date easily. If you feel you cant, set the date for another week ahead. I didnt have the cravings but felt there was something missing at times I would normally smoke. Be prepared to distract yourself. I now still occasionally think I would like a cig but the feeling quickly passes. Its the best thing Ive ever done and the freedom is amazing. I too had side effects about 10 days into taking tabs. Headaches, nausea and vivid dreams that sometimes woke me up. After 3 weeks I cut the dose in half, and had no further problems. Read the little leaflet you get with the tabs carefully, speak to your GP or smoking cessation nurse. Take the tabs with food. Speak to your pharmicist. Just stay committed and you will do it. I looked at loads of stop smoking forums and this stuck in my head.........why am I paying good money to poison myself? That really helped to focus me into negative thoughts about ciggies. I now feel like a reformed alcoholic, if I have one ciggie......... Sincere good luck, stay strong and focused, think about the money you will save, how nice youll smell, you breath will be fresh without needing mints or gum, your teeth wont be stained, you heart and lungs will cry with joy! Xx
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      Hi Debbie,, thanks so much for your reply.  Im on day 5 now but yesterday was really terrible with headaches but none today so hope it stays that way.  Im beginning to get a funny taste after I have smoked a ciggy but nothing else.  Im on the countdown to my officical stop date and its all I think about at the minute, I just shows you how our life revolves around cigarettes, but fingers crossed I will kick this habit xx
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      Hi Debbie, my quit day is supposed to be tomorrow but im struggling at the very thought of it :-(
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    Hi Jilly, yes, life did revolve around smoking and the sense of freedom for me is amazing. It was day 12 before I believed I could do it, so stick in there and think of what your life is going to be like afterwards. Yes, could still take a ciggie, but it would put me back to square one. I have put on a bit of weight, but could be my age?? My chest and throat feel healthy, my breath is always fresh..no more chewing gum, hair and clothes smell great, as does the house. Stay strong and focussed and you will do it. Power to your elbow girl!! X
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    Hi Jilly. Dont worry. The good thing is you still want to stop, perhaps the champix hasnt reached its full effect. I suggest you carry on with the cigs and set another stop date for next week. Take care. Will log in later. Dx
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